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Old 01-30-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:11 AM   #3
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I think folding although a good idea, leaves your PC open to a lot of hacker attacks. I would NEVER do it on my computer.
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I don't do folding on my computer but i fold throught the internet on my PlayStation3
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:04 PM   #8
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I think folding although a good idea, leaves your PC open to a lot of hacker attacks. I would NEVER do it on my computer.
Too many malicious people out there taking advantage of trusting people
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I'm sorry to say (well, actually happy to say) that is not true. I've been doing this for over 2.5 years and manage a team with 350 active folders, and we have had exactly zero cases of malicious attacks due to running the folding software.
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Folding??? can someone enlighten me...
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Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.

Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.
from: http://folding.stanford.edu/

The folding at home project harnesses thousands of computers worldwide that do a tiny bit of computation when they would otherwise be idle and so are able to contribute computing power that would not be possible any other way.

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It's amazing that not only do proteins self-assemble -- fold -- but they do so amazingly quickly: some as fast as a millionth of a second. While this time is very fast on a person's timescale, it's remarkably long for computers to simulate.

In fact, it takes about a day to simulate a nanosecond (1/1,000,000,000 of a second). Unfortunately, proteins fold on the tens of microsecond timescale (10,000 nanoseconds). Thus, it would take 10,000 CPU days to simulate folding -- i.e. it would take 30 CPU years! That's a long time to wait for one result!

To solve the protein folding problem, we need to break the microsecond barrier. Our group has developed multiple new ways to simulate protein folding which can break the microsecond barrier by dividing the work between multiple processors in a new way -- with a near linear speed up in the number of processors. Thus, with power of [email protected] (over 100,000 processors), we have successfully smashed the microsecond barrier, simulating milliseconds of folding time and helped to unlock the mystery of how proteins fold.
from: http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Science

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